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Build Capacity for Quality Positive Youth Development by Training Trainers

December 6, 2023

For 25+ years, our Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops have provided an immersive and impactful professional development experience. The Youth Work Methods and Youth Work Management TOT workshops equip leaders with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to effectively train those working with young people across diverse ecosystems. With a toolbox of proven and teachable practices that seamlessly integrate into daily interactions with youth, participants are prepared to create a ripple effect that elevates the entire field of youth work.

The Five Tenets of Successful Cross-System Collaboration

November 8, 2023

Youth-serving systems frequently operate in silos, failing to recognize they are serving the same youth in a disjointed, inefficient and ineffective manner. More collaboration across systems is key to creating an ecosystem approach to positive youth development. Experience and practice have shown there are five key components of successful cross-system collaboration. Read on to learn more.

Strengthening Youth Programs with Insights from Youth-Led Research

October 4, 2023

The heart of a positive youth development approach is to ensure that young people are safe and supported to learn and to lead. Yet, genuine youth leadership in youth-serving systems and organizations is not nearly as common as it needs to be for youth-serving fields to realize their potential. One recent bright spot, highlighting the process and the power of supporting youth leadership was the recent study, From Access to Equity: Making Out-of-School Time Spaces Meaningful for Teens From Marginalized Communities, supported by The Wallace Foundation.

Ecosystem for Youth Belonging and Opportunity

The youth-serving fields are made up of complex and dynamic relationships within and across systems. To create truly equitable opportunities for young people, leaders and systems need to collaborate to provide quality support, forming a multi-dimensional Youth Development Ecosystem.

This new graphic illustrates how supportive relationships and cross-system coordination are key to young people achieving their highest potential in education, work, and life.

Our Vision

All young people reach their fullest potential - in education, work, and life.

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